Ed Davey: Boris Johnson must resign

Ed Davey has said that Boris Johnson must resign over the Downing Street parties. He said:

“Boris Johnson has broken the law and lied to Parliament and the country, and he must now go.
“Millions of people obeyed the lockdown rules, often at huge personal cost. They missed funerals, cancelled weddings and said goodbye to dying loved ones on video calls – some on the very day that Number Ten illegally hosted a garden party.

“Boris Johnson has become a threat to health of our nation, and for the sake of the country still gripped by this awful pandemic he must resign.”
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10 Comments

  • Michael Cole 12th Jan '22 - 2:53pm

    It should be noted that the motivation for the Conservative MPs wanting to get rid of Johnson is not that he is a terrible PM, but that he has become an electoral liability.

  • That is always the reason why Conservative MPs want to get rid of a leader.

  • Michael Cole 12th Jan '22 - 7:41pm

    Margaret: Yes, indeed.

  • Stephen Broadhead 13th Jan '22 - 7:52am

    Everyone needs to email either their Conservative MP or Conservative Local Party requesting that they write to Sir Graham Brady requesting that Boris Johnson be sacked immediately.

  • Matt Haines 13th Jan '22 - 7:59am

    Boris is singlehandedly keeping Labour ahead in the polls, and giving us a much needed Blue Wall boost.

    Be careful what you wish for. I would rather he continue for now. Any new leader will draw a line under Boris and win back voters.

    Boris resigning may win the battle, but will likely lose us the war.

  • Matt Haines is right. The Conservatives sack unpopular leaders so that the ex-leader takes the poison away with them and the Conservative party can carry on with a clean sheet and win the next election. It worked with Margaret Thatcher and it worked with Theresa May. A key factor in our success in North Shropshire was the disgust so many traditional Conservative voters had for Boris Johnson.

    The key to our future success will be if we can make the blame for what has gone wrong stick to the Conservative party as well. If we can’t, most of the progress we have made in rebuilding our party will disappear as soon as the Conservatives get rid of him. (and they will – the only question is when). As we really haven’t started to try to get blame to stick to the Conservatives rather than just Boris Johnson, we need a significant amount of time before Boris goes so we can really get that message over to the electorate.

  • It’s not at all clear that the law has been broken…

    ‘No, the Downing Street party probably didn’t break the law’ [December 2021]:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/did-the-downing-street-party-break-the-law

    The starting point in the Covid rules should be section 73 of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. This part of the Act states that the Covid regulations, at all times, never applied to Crown Land (which includes No. 10). […]

    In addition to the 1984 Act, there were also specific regulations that applied at the time of the alleged party: the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020. According to these rules, gatherings were allowed in all public buildings, or parts of them ‘operated by a business, a charitable, benevolent or philanthropic institution or a public body.’ There had to be a risk assessment but a gathering was legal for whole swathes of people. […]

    Steven Barrett is a barrister.

  • Tristan Ward 13th Jan '22 - 6:09pm

    Those writing to their MPs might want to send them this amusing article from the TLS by one Rory Stewart.

    https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/boris-johnson-tom-bower-book-review-rory-stewart/

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